The way I create my fused glass pieces is sometimes a bit odd.
At times, I fuse a whole lot of pieces to fill up the kiln and then about half of them go into a box and I don’t look at them again until a couple of week or months later, depending how much time I have.
It mixes things up a little bit and a lot of times I totally forget about the pieces in the box and it’s fun to rummage through it and rediscover them.
So, I rediscovered one piece this way and it’s sending me a bit of a mixed message.
It’s a large piece because I intended it to be cold worked so that it has distinct edges and a perfect rectangular form.
I make a lot of pendants because pendants are an easy piece of jewelry to wear and because a lot of my designs have a vertical tendency. Brooches, on the other hand, have a more horizontal tendency in my opinion and somehow that doesn’t come natural to me.
This piece, however, could really be both, a pendant or a brooch and I have trouble deciding.
So, what do you think: vertical pendant like in the first photo or horizontal brooch like in the second photo?
Which one is it?
Recently, I have become a Green Smoothie fan.
I ended up buying an amazing Vitamix blender (and just calling it a blender is basically an insult) and now I make myself Green Smoothies every day. They are thick and are basically a meal replacement.
I have been searching for a recipe that is more like a drink and less like a whole meal. After some experimenting, I found what I was looking for and the recipe is now ready to share. I call it “Green Appleade”.
Add the liquid ingredients and the ice to your blender first. This recipe makes approximately two large mugs.
- approximately 500 ml apple juice
- approximately 6 ice cubes
- 1 apple
- juice from 1 lemon
- 2 packets XyloSweet (8g of Xylitol) or other sweetener to taste
- 4 large leaves of kale
It’s a refreshing drink and you get an extra dose of the good green stuff =)
I have never been a health nut. Ask my mom, she’s been trying to talk me into a healthier lifestyle for years and it never really sounded like such a good idea. Or rather, it sounded like a good idea, just not very convenient and/or appetizing.
I still don’t consider myself very health conscious but I guess it’s beginning to sink in.
What started the whole thing is that I am in dire need of a diet. After I quit smoking, I somehow gained some weight. I really don’t recall how exactly it happened but suddenly it was there.
So I am officially on a diet but I am also trying to form a habit of eating better in general and being more aware of what I put into my body.
All my life I have always avoided breakfast. I had trouble eating anything less than 4-5 hours after I got up. A few cups of coffee were enough for me and I was usually good until lunch time.
Now that my work has changed to a very regulated schedule, and a very early one at that, I find myself pretending it is lunch time at around 10:30 AM. I needed something more than coffee but preferably liquid that I could drink in the car on my way to work. Something that would hold me over until the real lunch time at around 12-1 PM.
So here is the solution: Green Smoothie!
I’m sure many of you know what green smoothies are but for the ones that do not, the above picture basically tells you what it is and what it looks like before you blenderize it all together and before it becomes a smoothie.
I make mine late the night before because the blender is so loud that the entire neighborhood would be awake at the early morning hours.
My recipe is as follows: 1 apple, 1 nectarine, 1 plum, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 lemon, 1 banana, 1 kiwi, 3 large leaves of kale and about the equivalent of that in spinach, a few sweet pea shoots, some pomegranate juice, 1 teaspoon of Goji/Pomegranate/Acai powder and 1 package of Xylitol.
In place of the Xylitol you can use other sweeteners like Stevia, sugar, honey, agave syrup and the like. I believe you can reduce the added sweetener if you reduce the amount of lemon you add. I literally put in half a lemon minus the peel so there is definitely room for some reduction.
Unblenderized it fills up the blender but in the end makes about 2 to 2.5 cups of smoothie which fits perfectly into my drink container. It’s a very large smoothie and it takes most of my drive to work to drink it all.
But it surely is one hell of a boost in the morning and I am usually still not really hungry when lunch time rolls around.
Now I just have to stick with it and make it a routine and I’ll be good!
Cross your fingers for me!
Lately, I have been somewhat consumed by re-photographing a lot of my pieces.
I am on a mission to make my photos better and better and, at the same time, I am starting to actually have fun with it. Odd angles are jumping out at me and since I am dealing with glass, I have started to experiment with some focused light sources to create colored shadows.
Let me show you the photo that really stood out from the other day’s session. I think I am going to use this one for an ad or marketing material at some point.
My first experimental donuts just came out of the kiln and I am quiet happy the way it worked out.
Since Christmas is not very far away, I thought I should share the x-mas donut with the mistletoe fine silver inlay with you. The whole time I’m writing this, I’m whistling “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… lalala” but I’m thinking that my tires on my car are frightful, so please don’t =)
Just for now I put on a leather cord but I am planing on either getting or making a silver bail for the donuts. The glass looks really nice but there simply is nothing better looking than a nice quality silver bail with art glass.
I will update you on the other ones as soon as things have moved along a little further.